Dr. Bambang Brodjonegoro is the Minister for Development Planning and head of Indonesia’s National Development Planning Agency, known as Bappenas. Prior to his appointment in July 2016, Dr. Bambang served as Minister of Finance, and prior to that, as Vice Minister of Finance, a position he held since October 2013. He joined the Ministry of Finance in January 2011 as the Acting Head of the Fiscal Policy Agency. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Bambang was the Director General of the Islamic Research & Training Institute of the Islamic Development Bank, and prior to that he served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia from 2005 to 2009. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Indonesia in 1990, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he went on to earn his doctorate in Regional Planning. His main areas of expertise are economic development, regional economy and fiscal decentralization.